White J. Sajtar Black W. Winter


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7

Winter shows courage in accepting this line which has recently been much analysed in Czecho-Slovakia as a result of several games in last year's Moscow-Prague match.

4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.g3 Nbd7 7.Bg2 e5 8.O-O c6

The new Russian line which is designed to prevent 9.d5


Following H. Steiner-Boleslavsky, Groningen, 1946, which now continued :- 9...Re8 10.Re1 (Denker-Najdorf continued 10.Be3 Qc7 11.Rc1 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Qc2 Qe7 14.f3 Bd7 with a satisfactory game.) 10...exd4 11.Nxd4 etc.  Against 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc5 12.Qc2 a5 13.Rac1 Qb6 14.a3 a4! 15.bxa4 Qc7 gave Black good counter-play in Denker-Boleslavsky, Groningen, 1946.

9...exd4 10.Nxd4 Nb6 11.b3 d5

If this proved sound it would solve Black's main problems in this defence.

12.exd5 cxd5 13.c5 Nbd7 14.c6

This does not seem to trouble Black greatly. 14.b4 might be deserving of consideration.

14...Ne5 15.cxb7 Bxb7

White: Sajtar; Black: Winter
London, 1947


He wants to provoke ...a6 in order to weaken Black on the dark coloured squares b6 and c5, but Black has quite adequate play in the centre.

16...a6 17.Nc3 Ne4 18.Na4 Qa5 19.Be3 Rac8 20.Ne2 Nd7

This holds the weak black squares.  If now 21.Bxe4 Bxa1 etc.

21.Bd4 Bxd4 22.Nxd4 Ndc5 23.Nxc5 Qxc5 24.Ne2

In order to play  contesting the open file whilst there is still time.

24...Qc2 25.Qxc2 Rxc2 26.Nd4 Rd2 27.Rfd1 Rb2 28.Rdb1 Rd2


Although Black's centre is strong he cannot afford to play for a win because White's queen side majority might become dangerous in the ending.

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